Tom Spencer Bland
Tom Spencer Bland (1876-1949)
1950 Obituary 
"TOM SPENCER BLAND was connected with the firm of Messrs. Yates and Thom, Ltd., of Blackburn, engine builders, for thirty-nine years. He began to serve his apprenticeship in 1892, and, after passing through all the departments, was subsequently appointed a director and placed in charge of the estimating department. In the course of his service with the firm he paid three visits to India as technical representative. After severing his connection with Messrs. Yates and Thom in 1931, he acted as technical representative for Messrs. Galloways, Ltd., for the next five years.
Since then he had been living in retirement. Mr. Bland, whose death, in his seventy-third year, occurred on 1st August 1949, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1932."